Course

Arabic language course

Would you like to learn Arabic, or would you like to refresh your knowledge and take it to a higher level? This course, divided into three modules, goes from beginner to intermediate level. You’ll learn to communicate in different situations, including work, study and holiday.

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will always be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Arabic. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary. 

After completing the third module, you will be able to communicate well in Arabic in various situations.

Please take into consideration that you will need to invest a minimum of four hours per lesson for independent study.

Arabic course modules

Module 1

Module 1 is for people with no prior knowledge of Arabic. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to:

  • greet people as well as introduce yourself and others
  • ask for and provide personal details
  • talk about daily activities
  • indicate time and date
  • inquire about travel and transport

Required materials for Module 1

Gateway to Arabic 2 by Dr. Imran Hamza Alawiye ISBN: 9780954083304

 Module 1: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 18.30-20.30

Module 2

Module 2 is for people with basic knowledge of Arabic and for people who have completed Module 1. In this Module, you will increase your vocabulary and broaden your understanding of Arabic grammar. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to:

  • conduct simple discussions in the past and present about daily activities such as work, study, pastime, shopping, travel and health
  • get around in shops and restaurants
  • talk about a city
  • ask for and give directions

Required materials for Module 2

Mastering Arabic 2 with 2 CDs ISBN: 9780781812542

Mastering Arabic 2 Activity Book, Jane Wightwick Mahmoud Gaafar, ISBN: 9781137532022

 Module 2: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 18.30-20.30

Module 3

Module 3 is for people who have completed at least two Arabic course modules and who are able to express themselves in most common, everyday situations. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to:

  • describe places and situations
  • talk about the weather
  • talk about events and projects in the future
  • ask for advice
  • describe your tastes and preferences
  • point out colours, shapes and sizes
  • discuss clothing, art, various media and other objects

Required materials for Module 3

Mastering Arabic 2 with 2 CDs  ISBN: 9780781812542

Mastering Arabic 2 Activity Book, Jane Wightwick Mahmoud Gaafar, ISBN: 9781137532022

 Module 3:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

 

Requirements

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course. If you have no prior knowledge of Arabic, you can simply register for Module 1 without first doing an intake. If you would like to take the second module, you must first successfully complete the previous module, or have a comparable level of Arabic. If you have not completed Module 1, you will need to have an intake with one of our staff members before registering for Module 2, to insure your knowledge of the language is suitable for this module.

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in any given language. To determine your current or target level, please download the PDF Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (0.48MB).

Registration

You can register for Module 1 of this course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

Would you like to meet us for an intake or receive more information? Please see languages-intake-AR to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This will make it easier to make the appointment, and it is more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you. 

Costs per module

  • UM students: € 295
  • UM staff and alumni: € 360
  • All other participants: € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing each Arabic course module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. 

Module

CEFR level

1

A1

2

A2-

3

A2+